Samsung Galaxy M31s (6GB RAM)  +1 variation

price₹ 18,499 onwards

launchAug, 2020

49.1

excellence score

72.7

value for money score

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Design

  • Sleek, classy design - the Galaxy M31s seems identical to the Galaxy A51, with a glossy polycarbonate back design - giving it a premium look
  • The front gets a new trendy look with a hole-punch display, a first for the M-series
  • It has good ergonomics and feels comfortable to hold and operate
  • The side-mounted fingerprint scanner is quick to unlock the device
  • The Galaxy M31s feels hefty at 9.3mm thickness and 203g weight (though, it's worth it for the 6000 mAh battery it packs)

Display

  • Vivid, crisp and punchy 6.5-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED display with excellent viewing angles, and brightness levels - easily one of the best displays in the price bracket
  • It also comes with "Widevine L1" certification, which helps stream content in crisp HD resolution
  • Blacks are deep on the AMOLED display, which looks good with Dark mode enabled

Software

  • Samsung's OneUI is today one of the more clean, refined Android UIs that's especially well optimized for large displays like this one
  • One UI also brings in other useful stuff, like a System-wide Dark mode (which turns the background completely black and looks great on the M31s' AMOLED display), and Always On Display option

Performance

  • Decent performance with the Exynos 9611 at the core (similar to Snapdragon 665) - the phone is good for basic operations
  • However, it is an old chipset and heavy gaming and multi-tasking are taxing for the phone - the POCO X2 and the Realme 6 Pro are much better options that will handle gaming better than the Galaxy M31s

Camera

  • Good quad rear camera setup - 64MP main sensor + 12MP wide-angle lens + 5MP depth sensor + a 5MP macro camera
  • Shots taken with the primary camera during daylight are quite satisfactory, images are detailed, especially the 64MP shots, and they showcase the good dynamic range
  • The ultra-wide sensor, like on any budget phone, is a good addition - it takes social media-worthy images in great lighting conditions (in low-light, the quality dips and pictures look grainy and noisy, wide-angle shots also have barrel distortion at the edges)
  • Photos taken in low-light looks good - switching to Night mode helps reduce grain in the output and further improves image quality
  • Live Focus shots are quite impeccable and the camera app does give you the option to set the level of blur before taking a shot - edge detection is very good and the Galaxy M31 does a good job of separating the subject from the background
  • The macro camera takes decent shots outdoors (though, the quality dips when indoors and the output is restricted to 5MP in resolution)
  • The single take is a nice addition from the more expensive S20 series, it lets you capture multiple formats at once
  • The 32MP selfie camera is quite good and takes detailed selfies (though in low light, the quality goes down a notch and results are grainy)
  • Overall, the cameras on the M31s are good for the price bracket, even though they are not the best (that title crowned to the POCO X2)

Battery

  • Monster 6000mAh battery delivers an incredible 2-3 days of usage easily, making for one of the largest battery life smartphones currently available
  • Supports 25W fast charging - the phone takes around 2 hours to charge the battery completely, which is decent

Verdict

  • Consider the Galaxy M31s for its vivid display, capable optics and stellar on-battery time
  • Look elsewhere if performance and gaming capabilities are your primary deciding factors - the phones like Realme 6 Pro and Redmi X2 are better equipped to meet your requirements in the performance segment

Expert Reviews

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  1. The Galaxy M31s gets a fresh look, the new Infinity-O AMOLED display, and faster charging with a higher capacity bundled charger, just the processor remains the same old
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Best M-series smartphone yet
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  3. The Galaxy M31s gives a premium impression, good enough to give tough competition to the OnePlus Nord
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. The Galaxy M31s gets you the right combination of battery-friendly performance with a dash of style and the convenience and comfort of an AMOLED display... just don’t game on it
    firstpost.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. The Samsung Galaxy M31s is a capable smartphone that would have been an all-round package if it had a better processor
    business-standard.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. Buy it for the display and battery life
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
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Samsung Galaxy M31s (6GB RAM) Specifications

Operating System
Smartphone OSAndroid 10Expected update to next Android version
Display
TouchscreenYes (Capacitive)
Screen Size6.5 inches
Screen Resolution1080x2400 pixels (~ 405 pixels per inch)
Display TypeAMOLED
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal BezelsYes
Screen DesignPunch Hole
Screen Refresh Rate60 HzStandard
Scratch Resistant DisplayYes, Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Sensors
  • Accelerometer
  • Gyroscope
  • Proximity Sensor
  • Virtual Light Sensor
Fingerprint sensorYes
Face UnlockYes
Processor/RAM
Processor2.3 GHz, Octa Core, Samsung Exynos 9611Ranked #37 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPUMali-G72 MP3
RAM6 GB
Memory
Internal Memory128 GB
Expandable Memory SlotYes, up to 512 GB
Battery
Battery Capacity6000 mAh
Fast Charging SupportYes, 25W Fast Charging, Fast charger included
Dimensions
Weight203 gmHeavy
Thickness9.3 mmThick
Width74.4 mmOk for one-handed use
Camera
Primary Camera64MP + 12MP + 5MP + 5MP
Camera Auto-FocusYes
Camera FlashYes
HD Video RecordingYes (4K)
Other Camera Features
  • 64MP: f/1.8 Aperture; 26mm Focal Length; 1/1.72"; 0.8um Pixel Size; PDAF
  • 12MP: f/2.2 Aperture; 123-degree ultra-wide lens
  • 5MP: f/2.4 Aperture; Macro Camera
  • 5MP: f/2.4 Aperture; Depth Sensor
Secondary Camera32MP
Secondary Camera Features
  • f/2.2 aperture
  • 26mm Focal Length
  • 1/2.8" Sensor Size
  • 0.8um Pixel Size
  • HDR
Connectivity
BluetoothYes
Connecting PortUSB-C
WiFiYes
WiFi DirectYes
VoWiFi/WiFi-CallingYes
4GYes
VoLTEYes
3GYes
2G Internet (GPRS/EDGE)Yes
GPSYes + GLONASS + BeiDou
CompassYes
More
App StoreGoogle Play Store
Dual SIMGSM+GSM
Noise FiltrationYes
FM RadioYes (Wireless)
FM RecordingYes
More
  • UFS 2.1 Storage

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